Nurses' perceptions of open visiting hours in neuroscience intensive care unit

Sarah Livesay, Alicia Gilliam, Marilyn Mokracek, Sherly Sebastian, Joanne V. Hickey

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A quality improvement project was undertaken by Neuro-ICU nurses to determine possible effects from open visitation. From a quality improvement perspective, nurses' concerns were investigated along with their perceptions about open visitation to determine a need for visitation policy revision. Vast variability in nurses' interpretation and implementation of individualized open visitation policy suggested a need for the following: staff education about the policy and its implementation, a review of the literature to determine the validity of concerns about deleterious physiologic effects on neuroscience patients from visitation, and improved communication among nurses about visitation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-189
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of nursing care quality
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Limited visiting hours
  • Open visiting hours
  • Visitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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